Got a craving? If you’re going to indulge, do it as early in the day as you can. Why? Because the later you do it, the more you’ll probably need to eat to feel satisfied..
Better Early Than Late.
Yep, timing is everything when it comes to feeding a yen. Research shows that our capacity to feel satisfaction from our food is stronger in the morning and grows progressively weaker throughout the day.
In other words, you may have to really chow down at night to satisfy a craving. Researchers believe that circadian and diurnal rhythms — the body’s natural daily patterns — determine this effect.
Bottom line: Don’t undereat during the first part of your day.. You’ll likely just make up the calories — and then some — later on.
Did You Know?
If you’re looking to lose a few extra pounds (or just hold steady), a recent study suggests it may be best to eat your largest meal in the morning, followed by a midsize lunch and a small dinner..
In fact, loading up at breakfast, especially with lots of healthy protein and carbs, may help reduce your cravings later in the day.
Try these additional tips to help you quell cravings and curb calories:
· Eat eggs. Adding eggs to your breakfast menu can help you feel fuller longer, and the bad cholesterol rap on eggs can be minimized if you eat them in moderation (no more than one a day).
· Never skip. Especially breakfast. Make it a daily habit to eat a morning meal within an hour of waking up.
· Get a grip. Emotional eating can make you feel better in the short term but can add inches to your waist long term. Instead of grabbing a snack, chew a piece of gum, drink a glass of water, or go for a quick walk.
· Outsmart your appetite.. If you have to snack, make it soup. If it’s late, sleep on it instead. And put your most tempting foods in the back of the pantry so you can’t easily reach or see them.
· Don’t starve. Keep your portion size the same, but eat fresh and light food instead of heavy and fried.
RealAge Benefit: Maintaining a constant desirable weight can make your RealAge 6 years younger.